Science and Management Advancements Made Possible by the USA National Phenology Network's Nature's Notebook Platform

Theresa Crimmins, Ellen Denny, Erin E Posthumus, Alyssa H Rosemartin, Rob Croll, Melonee Montano, Hannah Panci

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Abstract

The USA National Phenology Network was established in 2007 to formalize standardized phenology monitoring across the country. The aims of the network are to collect, store, and share phenology data and information to support scientific discovery, decision-making, an appreciation for phenology, and equitable engagement within the network. To support these aims, the network launched Nature's Notebook, a rigorous platform for monitoring plant and animal phenology, in 2009. Since the launch of Nature's Notebook, participants across the country have contributed over 30 million phenology records. The participants range from backyard observers with an interest in nature to researchers and natural resource managers asking specific questions. We survey the breadth of studies and applied decisions that have used Nature's Notebook and the consequent data. The dimensionality of the data set maintained by the network is a function of Nature's Notebook users; this insight is key to shaping the network's future data collection activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)908-920
Number of pages13
JournalBioScience
Volume72
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022

Keywords

  • citizen science
  • climate change
  • monitoring
  • phenology
  • volunteer science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences

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